I hope the fact that this book is free makes you take a chance and download this book as I did yesterday - it was one of the best decisions i think i have made in a long time. Marden's style is sublime and he is extremely well read quoting from an eclectic range of sources and well-chosen anecdotes. This is an uplifting book and I just wish it could be read by as many people as possible. The fact that it is now available, 100 years after its first publication, for free download, will hopefully mean that it will have something of a renaissance. Download, read and enjoy a work of pure delight.
What a lovely little book. I was almost sad to get to the end of it, then in the spirit of the book, cheered up and realised it's short enough for me to read over and over again. It's written in such simple language, you can hardly believe it was written over 100 years ago when writing was often quite long-winded. It is as relevant today as it was when written. Simple, to-the-point, and beautiful.
I downloaded this excellent book and I have to say that even though I am only three quarters of the way through, it is taking me so long to read it because there is something fantastic on every page and I have to stop and read it again just to soak up the sheer fantastically written, encouraging words that are on the pages! I am a firm believer in happiness and being cheerful in everyday life and I thoroughly believe that if we all read this book, we would have a different perspective on life. It is an old book, with many old words, but that is the beauty of it. It is classic and timeless and just FANTASTIC!
We try to grasp too much of life at once; since we think of it as a whole, instead of living one day at a time. Life is a mosaic, and each tiny piece must be cut and set with skill, first one piece, then another.
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"It is not work that kills men," says Beecher; "it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction."
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Instead of worrying over unforeseen misfortune, set out with all your soul to rejoice in the unforeseen blessings of all your coming days.